WDW Breakfast and Dinner Buffets? What Say You?!

Good morning, folks!  Happy Sunday!  Hey, I’d like to take a few minutes to pop back to last week’s mini-series of polls.

Wait.  You didn’t catch them?  Hah!  You still have a chance to weigh in with your opinions.  Let me tell you, if you’re a Boma – or a WDW buffet – fan, you’ll want to do just that!

Find the polls at:  Wow! The Love for Boma Continues!

So.  What say you?  Well, first off, whether for breakfast or dinner, the vast majority of you have been to Boma.  Well over 65%!  Of those of you that have been, you overwhelmingly prefer dinner.

To see a representation of Boma’s dinner buffet, go to:  Dining Recon: Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma!

Interestingly, those that have not yet visited for either of the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s festivals of food are most enticed by the prospect of dining on their breakfast.

To get another look at Boma’s breakfast buffet, re-visit: Breakfast at Boma! Take our Word! It’s the Best!

When I asked you to choose a breakfast buffet from among a wide variety of WDW options, your responses surprised me somewhat.  How so?

Maybe it was because we had already been focusing on Boma, but it was your #1 choice.  I can’t agree more!  Great minds think alike!

What shocked me, however, was that Tusker House finished in 2nd.  Honestly, I had expected venues like ‘Ohana, 1900 Park Fare, and Chef Mickey’s to register much better showings.  Hey!  They’re always packed!

I’ve been moaning about Disney turning Trattoria al Forno into a character breakfast for months now.  As empty-nesters, it’s not our “thing”.  Pleasantly, I’m thinking that most of you can feel my pain.  Why?

When it came to Disney characters, the vast majority of you reported that you can “take them or leave them”.  Some, like us, want to avoid them altogether!  Less than 20% called characters a “must have”.

Finally, I tossed you one head-to-head match-up that was of special interest to me.  Dinner buffets.  Boma v. ‘Ohana.

I’m pleased but a bit shocked.  Again, maybe the result is skewed by the fact that we featured Boma this week, but, of the two, you prefer Boma!  Well done!

Frankly, I’ve never been quite sure I understand the massive popularity of ‘Ohana.  Sure, the “show” is entertaining, but we haven’t always found the food quality to be Disney-level outstanding.

For me, though, this is the most important point … in comparison to Boma, ‘Ohana simply lacks options and variety.  We’d choose Boma first every time!

There you have it, my friends.  Now.  Let’s see those ‘Ohana ADRs get switched over to Boma.  Trust me.  You won’t be sorry!

Skewered by ‘Ohana!

‘Ohana has done it again!

Five months ago, the Polynesian Resort’s “meat-fest” bested quite a cast of competitors to become the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Buffet/Family Style Restaurant. Now, in our most controversial poll to date, it has been crowned “champion” one more time – our Favorite Monorail Loop Restaurant.

Is ‘Ohana the best restaurant in Walt Disney World?  I think most of us – the fans that participated in this week’s voting – would agree that …

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Tables on the Loop! – The Finale

One thing I admitted to when we started this “tourney” the day before yesterday is that this poll was a big “basket of fruit” – comparing apples to oranges to Georgia peaches. Or, more specifically, forcing us to choose between character meals, family-style “meat-fests”, and high-price signature restaurants.

However, from the outset, I felt that, from amongst that vast diversity of choices, there were several very strong contenders for the title. Outside of the four finalists, I thought that the fun and frivolity of Whispering Canyon Cafe … or the marquee appeal of Artist Point and Narcoossee’s had a chance.  But, I really thought that the popularity of Disney’s beloved characters would carry Chef Mickey’s into the finale.

For me, Kona Cafe is the shock. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I love their pan-Asian noodles, but I wasn’t expecting such a strong showing. I mean, you can barely find a seat at Chef Mickey’s.  You can walk up to Kona – pretty much any time – and get a table.

Having said that, the other three members of the Final Four come as no surprise. I think we’re all anxious to see California Grill reborn from the ashes, ‘Ohana is an overwhelming fan favorite, and, well, I’m glad to see Victoria & Albert’s make the last round. If it hadn’t, V&A fans far-and-wide might have torn All in WDW down in revolt!  Ha-ha.

This is all for fun, folks.  VOTE!  Which of these four establishments will become our Favorite Monorail Loop Restaurant?

Yes, the All in WDW family devoured this Cali Grill sushi feast!

Yes, the All in WDW family did devour this Cali Grill sushi feast. We can’t wait for the restaurant to re-open!

Tables on the Loop! – Round 2

Holy smokes! It was the “Great Victoria & Albert’s Controversy of 2013” over on Facebook yesterday! That took me a little by surprise.

While those of you who visit us from Reddit and Twitter were peacefully voting away, some of our good friends from within the “Lines (Touring Plans) group” on Facebook expressed astonishment that the Grand Floridian’s (and, dare I say WDW’s) flagship restaurant, Victoria & Albert’s, was struggling to keep up with Kona Cafe’s vote totals.

Like me, if you’ve been to Victoria & Albert’s, I’m sure you can understand their bewilderment.  It is undoubtedly one of (if not) the most-acclaimed dining experience on property.  But, like any other popularity contest, it isn’t always “the best” that wins.  It is the “favorite”.  Let’s face it, not every American Idol winner was that year’s best singer.  They were the most popular.

Having said that, Victoria & Albert’s lives to fight another day … er, another round.  They just barely held off The Wave to follow Kona Cafe into the Elite Eight!  For you Victoria & Albert’s fans out there … vote, vote, vote!  It’s the only way to push WDW’s prized jewel of cuisine into the finale!

Remember, folks, as we move on, the choices don’t get any more pleasant, and, more important, the groupings don’t get any easier to make.  This time, I paired them so that no restaurant competes against the same restaurant they faced in Round 1.  Please don’t “shoot the messenger”!  Ha-ha!

Vote, vote, vote!  It is Round 2!  The Top 2 from each group move forward to the final vote!

V&A

Tables on the Loop! – Round 1

Since we’re sticking around the monorail loop, I thought it would be a really great idea to stop at one of Disney’s fine “eateries” for dinner. Or, breakfast. Or, lunch. Or, whatever you prefer.

Really, it doesn’t matter. All in WDW has a world-wide reach – now, with people from 71 countries having stopped by for a visit. It has to be dinner somewhere!

You can’t really appreciate just how many Table Service options there are on “the loop” until you try to build them into a tourney-poll. There are loads! Geez, I even had to exclude a few. Did you know that you can order food at Tambu Lounge, for example?

I’m going to warn you now … if you ask me, none of these choices are easy. In other words, this should be a fun but very unpredictable “competition”.

Nonetheless, have at it, folks! VOTE! Let’s crown the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Monorail-Loop Table Service Restaurant!

The Wave